Mianus Maze Trail

MODERATE 180 reviews
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Mianus Maze Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stamford, Connecticut that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

Awesome ride to get your legs and lungs about in the beginning of the season. This particular ride is not to difficult but to get the best out of the ride do it fast and flowy. There are some tough climbs and some technical rocks and roots but its also and awesome way to introduce someone to mountain biking or to practice this awesome craft. This park has a tight network of both fire roads and single-track. Good for novices and intermediate riders. The Mianus River runs along the east side of the property, so it is hard to get lost. Some climbs, short runs to bomb down, some tech sections. Overall a good workout trail with several interconnected loops. There are some log obstacles which you can find and try.

1 month ago

Nice trail for a walk in the woods. I wouldn’t call this a hiking trail because most of it is flat with a path large enough to drive a car.

hiking
2 months ago

If you are located in greater new york area( Norwalk, Stamford) and if you want to go trekking early morning and come back by noon. this is the place. Good option for unplanned hike. Just grab your shoes , water bottle and go. The trail is a nice long walk covered all in the trees and some part along side river. In the end you return satisfied after hitting 5 miles mark in your health tracker.. Total trek time is 2 Hrs but there r other trails too if you want to go for a shorter trek

2 months ago

Nice trail

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful walk with my dog!

3 months ago

Good for a quick weekday walk in the woods or easy hike if you are in the area. Beware of dog turds. Also, leaf blowers can be heard which kind of ruins the solitude. You know you’ve made it in America when you can pay people to use leaf blowers early in the morning on your lawn just to keep up appearances.

hiking
3 months ago

Not a difficult hike by any stretch, however the outer loop hugs the river for quite some time, making it a lovely hike for water lovers. We went when the ground was still quite thick with snow, but based on the limited elevation we didn’t struggle with ice/slipping. Will definitely do it again and perfect for those that are trying to get their kids into hiking.

trail running
7 months ago

I am new to trail running and loved this! I would actually consider it easy,. I followed the yellow trail and it was clearly marked. I like the wooden signs that tell you all the trail names, I would’ve taken some but was afraid of getting lost and not knowing how far it was. I wish there were maps along the way.

7 months ago

Great trail! Lots of mileage and felt very safe with all the people/dogs

walking
8 months ago

This was definitely not a moderate trail for hiking - I'd rate this trail very easy. But there are a lot of off-shoot loop trails so there's a lot of mileage. And seeing all the dogs was great!

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great down hill action on most of the 3 loops

hiking
10 months ago

Great for casual outing

10 months ago

No views, but a lovely trail walk

11 months ago

its a good trail along riverside and nature at its best

11 months ago

great place although while dogs supposed to be on leashes, 90% of dogs are not. Very dangerous...not only they can mess up your on leash dog, your therapy dog or service dog , they can knock down a child or elderly person while being " friendly"'as the owners always mention...when you ask people to leash their dogs, they just ignore it...very rude

walking
11 months ago

Chill place to just walk and relax

hiking
11 months ago

First time here. Well marked trails with many options for distance. We did the long (yellow) trail. We are beginner hikers but do a lot of walking. It took 1.5 hours to hike the 4.5 miles. There were areas of rock to walk through. Completely wooded with river views during some of the walk. Here is a link to park map. http://www.friendsofmianusriverpark.org/park/mrptrailmap/MRP-TrailMap-2015.pdf

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A great mountain biking trail, albeit challenging at times (at least for me!).

The yellow loop (5 miles) provides more than enough technical parts (roots, rocks, steep climbs) to keep you entertained, and there are dozens of small single tracks that maze through the forest.

Parking is very limited so I would avoid evenings and weekends given this park is right in the middle of the (relatively for CT) densely populated Stamford/Greenwich area.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

It was fairly easy but a really nice trail along the river

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Very clean and different levels of trails. Will definitely come back.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Unfortunate name but great trail. Minus one star due to lack of parking.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Nice enough trail. Some parts are right in people's back yards.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

We took the yellow trail to the cave trail back to the yellow and then the Indian mill trail to make a loop. There was construction happening at the entrance and a lot of habitat restoration happening in the park. This cut off a lot of access to the river. The cave and fireplace were neat. but beyond that I felt like it lacked interesting views.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Decent hike of moderate difficulty I would say 4/10. Very annoying that people don't follow a leash law there. Sucks for the alpha dogs. Owners of unleashed dogs be warned that this is at your own risk and you face potential problems.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Almost no one follows the leash rule here. It made it extremely stressfull for my alpha dog and I to enjoy a hike as I had to stop every quarter mile and hold his muzzle shut and his body between my knees while other dogs were allowed to sniff him as he was trying to fight them. Even after I loudly announced from at least 20-50ft away "my dog is not dog friendly". People if a trail is busy......have some respect so everyone and every furbaby can enjoy

walking
Saturday, April 30, 2016

For more info about this 400-acre forest and river park, and a trailmap, go to: http://friendsofmianusriverpark.org/

Actually part of this park is in Stamford, part in Greenwich and part belongs to the CT DEEP.

Dogs are required to be on leash, with fines about $100 for an unleashed dog. Hopefully, the culture will change, but for many years, visitors walked their dogs off-leash. So if you're afraid of dogs, be forewarned.

4 trails, all with the name Road (such as Main Road Trail) were formerly carriage roads, when the property was private. These are very popular and often crowded... but if you're willing to explore the lesser-used trails, it won't be crowded.. weekdays you might encounter commercial dog-walkers with up to a dozen dogs, some off-leash.

Weekends are crowded, and parking areas often full... much better on weekdays.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Very nice easy hike. If you like to share the woods, talk with people, then this is the place for you. Very scenic and expect to see a handful of fly fisherman on your hike.

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Great trails, really scenic views! Markings were a little off though, making it difficult to navigate at times.

road biking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Trails not great for road bikes but managed. Great trails, clean, clearly defined and marked. Didn't like the idea of all the dogs off their leashes. Had to dodge a few. Will go again but will be hiking it!!!

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Very crowded and lots of noisy people. Not really where you want to go to get back to nature and tranquility. Hard to park as well.

walking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

The path running along the river is really pleasant and peaceful. A few fishermen were out with their fly rods. Lots of dog walkers and a few mountain bikers, so not exactly the most tranquil of environments, but it's easy to see why it's so popular.

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